Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, March 14, 2015 • Washington, DC • Course Map

Popular thanks to its relatively flat city streets and the historic beauty of its architecture and natural scenery, Washington D.C.plays host each year to the race formerly known as the National Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, which became the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock & Roll Half Marathon a few years back.

Though the course is (as always) subject to change, the race is set to take runners on a fast and flat route through the streets of the nation’s capitol, with lots of views of iconic national monuments like the U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the White House and the U.S. Botanical Gardens.

Runners in both the half and the full marathon share the same race route for most of the half marathon, which starts near the Washington Monument on 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, and finishes near RFK Stadium, along East Capitol Street and near Anacostia Park. In between, runners will pass by many of the nation’s capital’s most historic places and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Arlington Memorial Bridge and Oak Hill Cemetery.

While most of the course is flat and fast, as any visitor to Washington will be familiar with, there are a few rolling hills that start just before runners reach the mid-way point of the half marathon. The course rises more than 100 feet quickly as the course runs along the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway between miles 6 and 7, and then slowly descends over the next few miles as runners make their way through the second half of the half marathon.

The scheduled starting time for both the half marathon and the full marathon is 7:30 AM, and runners in the half marathon are limited to 4 hours on the course (those running the full have 5 1/2 hours to complete the race). Walkers are welcome to take part in the half marathon, provided they can complete their 13.1 miles within the 4-hour course time limit.

For runners participating in the full marathon, the course continues on past RFK Stadium and heads toward the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, and then heads across the Mall for long stretches along the Potomac and Anacostia River waterfront areas.

The starting line at the 2014 Rock & Roll USA Marathon & Half Marathon. (Photo by Elvert Barnes/flickr)

The starting line at the 2014 Rock & Roll USA Marathon & Half Marathon. (Photo by Elvert Barnes/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

The first weeks of spring can still be quite cold in the Washington area, as temperatures average between 38°F and 56°F in March. Wet weather is a possibility (either rain or a late-season dusting of snow), as area rainfall averages nearly 4 inches during the month, with just over 1 inch of snow.

On the day of the race (March 14), the average low is 37°F and the average high is 56°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


  • $85 for the half marathon, if registered by September 19, 2014
  • $110 between Sept. 20 – December 2
  • $125 between Dec. 3 – March 8, 2015
  • $150 at the race expo, if not sold out


To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Washington’s Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website

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